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Thaddeus “Thad” Tikiun is the new board chair of the Association of Village Council Presidents. During the second day of the 2019 AVCP Annual Convention, AVCP delegates chose him to replace outgoing chair Raymond Watson, who had finished his three-year term.

A third of Lower Kalskag has gone without running water even though the rest of the village has been piped for over a decade.
Joey Mendolia / Alaska Public Media

Running water is coming to Lower Kalskag, a village where only part of the town has had the service up until now. The discrepancy has provided a way to analyze how a home changes with the addition of running water. 


Carl Smith, age 17, and his mother, Kimberly Smith of Akiak, returned to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta after traveling to New York City.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

This week, 16 young people from a dozen countries filed a legal complaint about climate change with the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. The complaint alleges that five G20 countries are violating children’s rights by failing to curb fossil fuel emissions to try to restrain the climate crisis. The youth filed their complaint in New York City during the same week that the United Nations convened for its Climate Action Summit. One of the teenage petitioners traveled to the event from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.


Bethel residents have the opportunity to chat with their next city manager at 5:00 p.m. on Oct. 16 at Bethel City Hall.
City of Bethel

Bethel municipal elections are this Tuesday, Oct. 1. Residents will choose four Bethel City Council members from among six candidates. Voters will also cast ballots for three local option propositions. 

Dean Swope / KYUK

People in the Bethel Cultural Center tensed up on the morning of Sept. 25. A resolution seeking to withdraw AVCP’s 2006 resolution supporting the proposed Donlin Gold mine had just popped up on the projector screen. The 2006 resolution said that it supported the mine’s development as long as it was developed in an “environmentally sound manner.” 


For most applicants, the Permanent Fund Dividend arrives next Thursday. Each check totals $1,606.00. That’s six more dollars than last year’s PFD amount and is the highest PFD since 2015 when checks reached $2,072. 

Bethel residents have the opportunity to chat with their next city manager at 5:00 p.m. on Oct. 16 at Bethel City Hall.
City of Bethel

The state’s Marijuana Control Board recently approved licenses for two marijuana stores, but it could be that neither one of them will open. 


Bethel residents have the opportunity to chat with their next city manager at 5:00 p.m. on Oct. 16 at Bethel City Hall.
City of Bethel

The City of Bethel awarded $30,831 in Community Action Grants this quarter. This money comes from the city’s alcohol tax. Twenty percent of that revenue goes toward projects intended to enhance the community’s wellbeing. 


Snow has come to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. In Emmonak, resident Lilly Westlock estimates that over an inch fell on Tuesday evening.

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